Latest Healthwatch bulletin

Content originally from Healthwatch Essex

Shining a light on the hidden voices of health and care in Essex
An Evening with Healthwatch Essex!
On 24th March 2022, we held ‘An Evening with Healthwatch Essex’, our annual showcase, at Hylands House in Chelmsford. We invited many of the people we’ve been working with over the last year to share their stories even more widely which also helped to demonstrate the impact of our engagement and research. We would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who joined us for the evening, and to our team who worked hard to put together an amazing event. You can find images from the evening on our social media channels here.

Healthwatch Essex Trauma Ambassador Group
Karen, one of our Trauma Ambassadors, recently shared her experiences of trauma with us. Our Trauma Ambassador Group is a group of individuals who come together to use their lived experience to improve services. Karen shared her story, raising awareness of different types of abuse, her experience of seeking support and the advice she would give to others. You can watch Karen’s story on our TikTok here.
Celebrating International Women’s Day.
8th March marked International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Kate, our Research Manager, wrote an article to acknowledge the phenomenal women, past and present, working to ensure people’s health and wellbeing across Essex. The article highlights the important work that these incredible women do across the county and is definitely worth a read!

Anglia Ruskin University’s Student Volunteer Fair
This month, our Engagement Officer, Renée, visited Anglia Ruskin University Student Volunteer Fair. Renée was there to raise awareness of Healthwatch Essex, and recruit for our Young Mental Health Ambassador Group, looking for people under the age of 25 who have had experience accessing mental health services in Essex. If you would like to find out more about the group, or even join yourself, click here.

Share Your End of Life Stories.
Do you live in or use services in North East Essex and have experience of end of life care with loved ones? This could involve dementia, heart disease, cancer, stroke, or any long-term illness. The experiences you share will be presented at the North East Essex End of Life Board. If you would like to share your experiences, contact Dan, our Engagement Manager. 
More Health News
At Healthwatch Essex we want to hear the thoughts of people living in Colchester or Tendring on access to your GP. Let us know how you feel in our short, anonymous survey.

Healthwatch Essex is also keen to hear from people living in the Colchester or Tendring districts who have experience of the transition from child to adult health and care services. Share your experiences with our team.

The Essex Wellbeing Service is now able to organise transport for Essex residents who are finding it difficult to attend their vaccine appointments. Find out more about this free service by contacting The Essex Wellbeing Service here.

Essex County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the need for more people across Essex to provide supported lodgings for children aged 16-18 and help them on their journey to independence. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has shared a video titled ‘Community-based mental health care: the Power of Purpose’. It is based on a poem commissioned for the launch of the new WHO guidance on community mental health services. You can watch the video here